Why does Glenn think that a new "ghost town" in New Mexico is one of the greatest things of all time? How about the fact that it shows that some people in America are still willing to innovate.
BBC reports the tech company Pegasus Global Holdings is spending $1 billion in Lea County, New Mexico, to construct a town that will test a wide range of new gadgets and systems:
Anything from smart grids and next-generation wireless networks to self-flushing toilets could be tested in the new town.
“The only thing we won’t be doing is destructive testing, blowing things up — I hope,” said Robert Brumley from Pegasus.
Last year, Brumley told Popular Mechanics the site could also be used to test items like driverless vehicles. Here he explains the benefit of having all the infrastructure in place but no people around:
Driverless trucks controlled over a wireless network could make freight more efficient, for example, and the upgraded communications systems required could help rural communities along the highway get better broadband access. Some companies are already developing the technology, but testing unmanned trucks on real highways would endanger human drivers, and tinkering with telecommunications could disrupt regular service. But inside the unpopulated city, there’s no problem. “There’d be nobody to interfere with,” Brumley says.
"You know this is one step away from Walt Disney was trying to do with EPCOT," Glenn said. "This is what Walt Disney wanted to do. And Roy went to the board, and they couldn't put it together. This is what he was trying to do except with people."
"This is the way that the America will get out of this rut. We're going to have to redesign, and honestly this is what's coming. The changes that are coming to the world are profound, and we are either going to look at our problems, and whine about it or have genius get together, and say we're going to completely redesign everything because we can do it now."